Pyramid schemes have been around for many decades, prior to the internet the favorite tool was the good old mail service. The most common version was a letter that contained 10 names and addresses, you would copy the letter and send a dollar bill to each of then, append your name and address to the bottom of the list and before you could say wowser you were rolling in money sent to you by complete strangers! Needless to say this was a complete scam, No one but the perpetrator actually made any money.

From these humble beginnings was born what we now call MLM (Multi Level Marketing). Some call it legalized Pyramiding. Without doubt the most well know one is Amway.  Eric Schiebler published a great expose on the company and its practices, Merchants Of Deception. It is well worth reading.

The new kid on the MLM block is a company called Websafety. A good and trusted friend of mine fell for their sales pitch last January, The approach that the ‘Big Guns’ of Websafety took was very slick (maybe I will write about it sometime). The upshot was that he forked over $300 that he could ill afford to be in on the ‘ground level’. His earnings potential were limitless, Websafety assured him. To demonstrate how fool proof this system was, all he had to do was sign up three people and the commission would cover his entry fee. Then those three people sign up three more people each, and Websafety will give him $30 for each of the sign ups ($270), and he has done no work! In fact he has almost doubled his investment. But it does not stop there! He will continue to earn commissions for a total of seven layers of signups. For those of you that don’t do a lot of math that adds up to 2187 people that are now in your ‘network’. For Websafety the represents $656,100 in revenue. I am too lazy to pull my Cray supercomputer out to do the exact financial calculations (commissions vary with each level) but my guess is that Websafety have just walked away with well over $300,000 in pure unadulterated profit, oh and that is without selling a single item!

So what are they selling? Mainly they are selling fear. Todays wired world should have every parent concerned about the well being of their children. Danger does lurk online, and there are people who stalk children for nefarious purposes. Even pre-teens carry around the ubiquitous cell phone, and a favorite pastime is texting.

Much has been written about obesity in the youth of America and the lack of physical exercise that our children participate in, but I will guarantee that the youth of today have the fittest and most agile thumbs in the entire history of the human race.

Websafety offers a product that a parent can install on a childs phone that monitors what they do, where they are, and send alarms to the parent for 4000 words and phrases.

Sounds great right?

Well not quite. Websafety is the phone equivalent of the infamous Sony Rootkit that created an absolute fire storm. Websafety does not advertise its presence on the infected phone.

There are better ways to achieve the goal of safety than secrecy. I liken it to a home security system. If you have one, the greatest deterrent is the sign in the front yard or in your window. This property protected by (name your company). Of great interest is the fact that the product cannot be used on the iPhone. Apple are very particular about what software is available, and I suspect that it will be a cold day in hell before they permit any app to bury itself in their OS.

What would be wrong with displaying on the phone Protected By Websafety

I lost interest in this company months ago (and if people had half an ounce of sense they should have let sleeping dogs alone). But common sense is in short supply these days. Some shill for Websafety going under the name of Simon Rialto managed to reignite the fire. Bad move.  You can read his rant here.

I can certainly understand why Websafety do not like me, a quick Google search on Websafety makes for an interesting first page of hits. www.websafety.com is the first one. The second is my less than stellar review of their product. Of more interest are the rest of the entries, under various guises, they are all websafety.com. In other words they look like they are trying to ‘Game’ the system.

There is one Websafety site that they have very carefully buried though. In some ways it it the nugget of gold. www.websafetybiz.com is not large, but it has the goods on the payment structure. A 15 minute presentation of how you can become rich beyond your wildest dreams. I doubt that this will remain freely available to the general public for much longer, and I was too lazy to take a copy, so get it while you can, http://www.websafetybiz.com/compensation.html

As Brad Stoker explained in his wonderful 24 minute conference call on December/23 ‘you can earn six figures a month’. Of course he failed to actually name anyone that was in this situation. He did bring on some poor sap from Atlanta, Ga, Sean Graham who extolled the virtues of being involved, but it was clear that his message was to work hard. He and his father are working everyday to promote Websafety. Oops, that kind of sounds a little contrary to the sales pitch!

I am not trying to make light of what is a serious problem, but I do suggest that before you either decide to become a Websafety dealer, or a user, you do your homework.

Note to Websafety, you are now firmly on my radar. Bad move having a couple shills leave messages. 

Simon Barrett

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